Study claims "dead languages" detrimental to modern language learning

A recent "secret report" by the Dearing Languages Review in Great Britain warns that the study of ancient languages may be detrimental to the study of modern languages because they "contribute nothing to 'intercultural understanding'."

The document concludes that "'important as they can be, their inclusion on the same footing as modern languages could actually undermine our attempts to build up national capacity in languages'."